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The best attractions near Douglas Park

You'll find gorgeous parks, an amazing community center and more great attractions in the Lawndale area near Douglas Park

Photograph: Matthew SperzelLagunitas Beer Circus

Whether you live in Douglas Park or are just heading there for Riot Fest, there's plenty for you to do in the area. The Lawndale area is full of attractions that you can visit year-round—not just when a music festival comes to the neighborhood. 

RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Douglas Park and Lawndale

Douglas Park

This expansive North Lawndale park features gymnasiums, tennis courts, a football stadium, outdoor pool, basketball courts, an artificial turf soccer field, baseball fields and a small golf putting range. Designed at the same time as Humboldt and Garfield parks, the outdoor facility is named for Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who famously lost the 1860 presidential election to some guy named Abraham Lincoln.

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North Lawndale

Dulcelandia

Get your sweet tooth ready, because this Little Village candy shop has more than 1,000 confectionary products, many of which are Mexican favorites. The shop also offers a huge selection of piñatas, which are perfect for your child to get his or her aggression out at the next birthday party.

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South Lawndale
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Homan Square Park

The recreation, health, family and education center at Homan Square Park is a Lawndale staple. The park is home to an Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball courts and loads of green space.

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North Lawndale

Independence Square

Once a center of the Lawndale community, this public fountain (which has been dry for decades) celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Dedicated in 1902, the statue on top of the fountain depicts some especially patriotic children waving a flag and brandishing what appear to be fireworks.

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North Lawndale
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Lagunitas Brewing Company

The Chicago outpost of Lagunitas Brewing Company is the largest craft brewery in the city, mixing up barrel upon barrel of potent, hoppy concoctions. Housed in a group of warehouses near Douglas Park, the facility is primed to become a popular destination for tourists and beer aficionados.

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North Lawndale

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